Archive for August, 2008

The Sacrifice of the Mass continues, with more of this interesting textbook.

Chapter 2: The Essence of the Mass.


Alas, 70’s catechesis! I must read RCIA textbooks from the early 1900’s to supply your well-meant deficiencies!

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The Sacrifice of the Mass continues, with a very short chapter.

Chapter 1: The Doctrine of the Sacrifice of the Mass.


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The Story of a Soul continues, as Therese discusses the “dark night” of her soul, and how she learnt that her tuberculosis was becoming more severe.

Ch. 9A: The Night of the Soul.


Btw, I apologize for not posting during most of this week. I will try to be more timely.

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles continues, as Poirot sniffs and tastes dangerous stuff. Just like Mulder. Just like that guy on Due South. Just like chemistry students with insufficient regard for their own tastebuds.

Chapter 5: “It Isn’t Strychnine, Is It?”


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The Ring and the Book continues, as Pompilia tells what happened on her wedding day.

Book 7B


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The Banquet of the Ten Virgins continues, as we hang out with St. Thecla, famous virgin hermit/missionary who lived to be a geezerette, and was said to have been converted by St. Paul himself. (You can listen to an early Christian piece of historical fiction about her, “The Acts of St. Thecla”, here. And yes, apparently setting up as a hermit in the Greco-Roman world made the world beat a path to your door.)

Here, St. Methodius sets St. Thecla to talking a bit more about how virgins seek union with God in this world and gain foretastes of the next, as well as interpreting the ever-fascinating Book of Revelation. (I have to say, I love reading all the different things people come up with. You’ll love his interpretation of the Moon.) But I have to wonder how his “manly” talk went over, with the real life virgins. Hee! He means well, though.

Discourse 8A


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“Pandemic” concludes.

I must say, I’m proud of the author for finding one of modern society’s real shibboleths. In 1962 when he wrote this story, the ending would have been only mildly controversial — more funny than anything. But now? Oh, just imagine if any school or college put this story on their reading list. Heads would explode!

So somebody should definitely re-use and update this premise. It’s ripe for writing about.

Part 2


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